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  • Can Investors Trust Their Retirement To These Midstream Energy MLP Money Machines? [View article]
    grisly_atoms,

    Owning an MLP in an IRA (either kind) is risky. There have been extensive discussions here about unexpected taxes owed due to excessive Unrelated Business Taxable Income (UBTI). This article by John Thomason[2] and this by Reel Ken[2] are representative.

    You can safely (tax-wise) own an MLP ETP in your IRA. There are a number of MLP ETFs and several ETNs. However, there are gotchas with the ETFs. They are all organized as C corps (yes - this is not a mistake) and must pay corporate income tax; this puts a severe drag on their price performance. The ETNs do not have this limitation but you do assume counter party risk when you own one.

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    Aug 11, 2015. 03:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Investors Trust Their Retirement To These Midstream Energy MLP Money Machines? [View article]
    There is no commodity price exposure.
    Aug 11, 2015. 02:52 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Credit Suisse lifts view of MLPs, sees 40% upside on revision to mean yield [View news story]
    KMI owned the general partner, so even though it was always a C corp, it was also part of an MLP.
    Aug 11, 2015. 11:25 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More on Red Robin Gourmet Burgers' Q2 [View news story]
    My most recent visit to long time favorite Red Robin is likely to be my last. All the fun posters are gone, and the menu has changed for the worse.
    Aug 11, 2015. 10:24 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The BLS Just Told You To Sell Your Dividend Stocks [View article]
    Earlier this year I sold all of my CVX, BBEP, LINE, LNCO, and VNR. Those have either already cut their dividends or certainly will. I don't want to own any dividend cutters. On the other hand, I do want to own dividend increasers, and for those, it does not matter what Mr Market is willing to pay because I am in it for the income, not the capital gains.
    Aug 11, 2015. 10:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • The BLS Just Told You To Sell Your Dividend Stocks [View article]
    My shares of MO and PM will continue to pay increasing dividends regardless of the offers made by Mr Market. I see no reason to be concerned about potential reduced offers, and I have used dry power to buy more of these during past selloffs. It is the dividend income that counts for me, and selloffs do not affect dividends. For those who DRiP or who are bargain hunters, the immortal words of Warren Buffett say it best:

    "Only those who will be sellers of equities in the near future should be happy at seeing stocks rise. Prospective purchasers should much prefer sinking prices."
    Aug 10, 2015. 09:27 PM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Revisiting The 100 Stocks With The Lowest Volatility In S&P 500 Index [View article]
    Are you claiming to be able to predict the future?
    Aug 10, 2015. 01:04 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Revisiting The 100 Stocks With The Lowest Volatility In S&P 500 Index [View article]
    "Second, he does not discuss why a stock may have low volatility ..."

    True, but does he need to?

    "... why a group of 100 stocks with the lowest volatility had returns greater than the full 500-strong index, and why this outperformance should persist for years on end."

    Actually, he did, at great length. He wrote a number of articles that provided explananations for the anomaly. Perhaps you missed them? Here they are:

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    Aug 9, 2015. 09:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's The Next Crisis 'Nobody Saw Coming' [View article]
    Pompano Frog,

    To your point: http://bit.ly/1HxQ7eV

    We know that correlation is not causation, but this chart looks like a correlation. The question is, which is which?
    Aug 8, 2015. 04:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's The Next Crisis 'Nobody Saw Coming' [View article]
    AFellowTraveler,

    No, it is log on both sides. Under the Graph tab, open Graph Settings. You will see that both scales are log.

    To make it more obvious, use the slider to expand the graphic to a longer time scale.
    Aug 8, 2015. 04:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's The Next Crisis 'Nobody Saw Coming' [View article]
    Scooter-Pop,

    You addressed your comment to the wrong person. This is the same chart as the author published at the start of the article, except with log scale and student loan debt added.
    Aug 7, 2015. 12:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's The Next Crisis 'Nobody Saw Coming' [View article]
    John Rhodes,

    Here is student debt compared to state and local government debt: http://bit.ly/1giGVoT
    Aug 7, 2015. 11:27 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Here's The Next Crisis 'Nobody Saw Coming' [View article]
    Pompano,

    Thanks for the catch on using the log scale. The author's failure to use a log scale had escaped me.

    However, even using log scale, there is a massive vertical leap in 2004 in the first chart.

    FRED is a wonderful resource. This is a good starting point: http://bit.ly/1yJDsXb
    Aug 7, 2015. 11:20 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Chez Bear: Your Appetizers Are Now Being Served [View article]
    Mighty MO is less than 1% below its all time high.
    Aug 6, 2015. 04:12 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Dividend Growth Investing (DGI) A Fad? [View article]
    Placebo,

    "Dividend Aristocrats" is not a term invented by an advertising executive. It is a registered trademark of Standard and Poors, and is the name of an index constituted of the S&P 500 companies that have increased their dividend every year for at least 25 years. The Dividend Aristocrats are not a product and have never been marketed.

    Your comparison of the Dividend Aristocrats to Burger Kind is absurd.
    Aug 6, 2015. 03:57 AM | 19 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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